It’s as if some Florida fisherman have a disturbing sadistic streak in the latest video to emerge on social media showing two men laughing after they shot a hammerhead shark in the gills and watched the helpless creature bleed out and slowly suffer until it died. The video emerged online on Thursday. This follows another recent video where fishermen violently dragged a shark (unknown if was dead or alive) behind a boat in the water.
In the latest disturbing video, as soon as the men catch the shark, they aim and shoot a gun at point blank range directly into its gills and erupt into laughter. Animal activists were irate and forwarded the despicable recorded actions to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Department. Shooting a shark in the gills is a slow, torturous death; respected fishermen know better.
“That video was forwarded to us a result of the public outcry from the first shark dragging video,” a FFW spokesperson, Ron Klepper reported. “The video is being investigated and FWC can’t confirm identities.”
The clip shows the man in the red cap and sunglasses fire two bullets and chuckle as he watches the fish bleed to death in the ocean. Initial images of the shooting are thought to have been posted to social media on July 18, under the Instagram profile of alex_kampo, and shared by (marktheshark), according to various contacts.
The men recorded in the earlier videos were from the West Coast of Florida – in Siesta Key near Sarasota. No arrests have been made at this time. In addition authorities continue to investigate the hammerhead shark photos using the fish as a beer bong.
It is illegal in Florida waters to shoot a shark, however there are no regulations against shooting one in federal waters.
Governor Rick Scott recently weighed in and wants to make sure “inhumane acts” against all animals are against the law and punishable if the laws are broken.